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Dalton Staff Prepare for School Start


Employees from across Dalton Public Schools returned to work on Monday for pre-planning to kick off the 2015-16 school year. The day was filled with meetings, greetings and preparing classrooms and the school for students to return on Thursday, Aug. 6. Most school principals started the day off with staff meetings but gave their teachers time to meet with their grade level or teaching teams and start readying their rooms for students.

Dalton Board to Hold Public Meeting on New 6-12 School

The Dalton Board of Education members, from left to right, are Chairman Danny Crutchfield, Vice Chairman Rick Fromm, Sherwood Jones, III, Steve Laird, Treasurer Tulley Johnson, and Superintendent Jim Hawkins.

The Dalton Board of Education members, from left to right, are Chairman Danny Crutchfield, Vice Chairman Rick Fromm, Sherwood Jones, III, Steve Laird, Treasurer Tulley Johnson, and Superintendent Jim Hawkins.

The first public presentation of the proposed secondary facilities project by Dalton Public Schools has been scheduled for Monday, April 13, at 5:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall. A Dalton Board of Education member and Superintendent Jim Hawkins will make the presentation before the regular board meeting at which board members will take a tentative vote to move forward with building a new 6-12 school. The presentation is the first of many planned public forums the school district will host in an effort to inform and receive feedback from the Dalton community.

The board and district administrators have been working to find the best solution to meeting the facility needs of growing enrollment. The board appointed a study group in 2013 to review information on enrollment trends and projections as well as capacity of existing facilities. After six months, the study group could not make a recommendation but had two options for the board’s further review: build a new 6-12 school, or reconfigure the grades within the district to have five preK -4 schools, a 5-6 school, a 7-8 school, and two 9-12 schools, including a new 9-12.

The board took the study group’s work and expanded it further to reach a consensus to build a new 6-12 school that will house 1,400 students. The presentation will include the benefits of a new facility, estimated costs, financing options, financial impacts on the community, and more. The attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session at the end of the presentation.

“We encourage all Dalton residents to come out and learn more about the challenges facing the school district with our growing enrollment and the opportunity that building a new 6-12 school offers students,” said Danny Crutchfield, chairman of the Dalton Board of Education. “This is very important time in our district’s history and adding a new secondary school is a pivotal decision that deserves the best thinking of our local citizens. We strongly encourage the public to come and hear the facts from the board.”

This meeting will be the first in a number of public meetings, but one of the few where all five board members will be in attendance. “A board representative will co-present at all the public meetings but the public forums being held before the regular board meetings over the next three months will feature all five members,” added Crutchfield. “We are looking forward to having the opportunity to dialogue with our community about this critical decision.”

Dalton Middle has Successful Cougar Countdown

DMSCougarRussThough elementary students were off today in Dalton Public Schools, fifth graders from across the district enjoyed a sneak peek at Dalton Middle School during the annual Cougar Countdown. Students learned about middle school and met the sixth grade teachers. They also enjoyed participating in a pep rally and a mini-version of the annual Cougar Carnival, a mainstay at Dalton Middle.

Russ Southerland, assistant principal at Dalton Middle, and a team of staff from around the district coordinated the day that is designed to ease the transition to middle school for fifth graders. “It was a great day,” Southerland said. “We excited to have such a good turnout today.”

Dalton Public Schools To Hold Registration for Pre-K and Kindergarten

Lenise Waddell and Melody Shuford, at far left, register children for kindergarten in 2014.

Lenise Waddell and Melody Shuford, at far left, register children for kindergarten in 2014.

Dalton Public Schools will hold registration for Pre-kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year on Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25 at the Gaston Community Center located on Frederick Street. Registrations times will be from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 and 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 25. Students who are turning four years old on or before September 1, 2015 are eligible to attend Pre-kindergarten. All students who do not live within the city limits of Dalton must pay out-of-district tuition, including pre-K students.

Kindergarten registration for the 2015-16 school year will be held on Thursday, March 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Gaston Community Center. Students who are turning five years old on or before September 1, 2015 are eligible to attend Kindergarten.

Parents should bring the student’s birth certificate, social security card, Immunization Certificate (Georgia Form 3231), Eye, Ear and Dental Exam Certificate (Georgia form 3300), proof of residence (utility bill or lease agreement), and a Medicaid or Peach Care card (Pre-K only), if applicable. For more information, please call 706-876-4170 or visit our website at www.daltonpublicschools.com/enrollment-news.

Out-of-Zone/Out-of-District/Out-of-State Applications to be Accepted

Applications for students who would like to attend a Dalton school outside of the one they are zoned to attend, live outside the city limits, or live outside of Georgia will be accepted beginning Thursday, March 26. Applications must be received and date stamped no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 16. First phase acceptance decisions will be announced April 30, 2015. Families of Kindergarten students should bring their application to the Mack Gaston Community Center during registration while families of students in grades one through 12 should take their application to the Enrollment Center located at 101 North Thornton Avenue in the 101 Building. The Enrollment Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Dalton Announces Make-up Day Plans for Students, Staff

Snow falls on Brookwood School in the early evening last Wednesday. Dalton schools were closed three days for inclement weather.

Snow falls on Brookwood School in the early evening last Wednesday. Dalton schools were closed last week due to inclement weather.

Dalton Public Schools has announced that students will only make up 1 day of school after the recent inclement weather forced schools to close last week. The current school calendar only has one make-up day remaining in the school year.

Dalton students and staff will use Thursday, March 12, as a full instructional day. March 12 was originally an elementary design day and an early release day for middle and high schools. Now Friday, March 13, the district’s remaining make-up day, will become an elementary design day for staff and an early release day for middle and high school students. At this time, March 12 will be the only make-up day for students.

Dalton school employees will also work on Thursday, May 28, and Friday, May 29 to make up the remaining two days missed by staff. These two days will extend post-planning and provide professional learning opportunities for school staff.

The district builds into each school calendar designated make-up days to be used in the event of inclement weather or other factors that may close school. Unfortunately, this year the winter weather that closed schools happened with only one make-up day left in the school calendar, so professional learning days were added to the end of the school year.

DHS to Host Financial Aid Night

GeorgiaStudentFinanceCommissionThe cost of a college education continues to rise putting the ability to fund a college degree out of the reach of some students. There are a number of scholarships and grants available to help students pay for college, but how do families access these funding sources?

Dalton High School is sponsoring the Georgia Student Finance Commission Financial Aid Night so that students and parents can get answers.

The event is planned for Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 6 pm in the commons at Dalton High. While parents of Dalton High juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend, the event is open to anyone interested in ways to fund college. Attendees will learn more about financial aid opportunities including how to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Have questions? Call DHS at (706) 876-4800.